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Lighting the Bride…

by on Jun.19, 2013, under Life, Photography

Our evening of light painting at Forresters beach on the NSW Central Coast culminated in the arrival of our beautiful model Elyse all dressed an elaborate wedding gown (from Kel-Leigh Couture).

Steel wool, orbs, EL wire, cold cathodes, coloured LED’s & lasers all armed and ready. A model in a flowing white wedding dress, the ocean surging in and burning molten metal flying everywhere – what could go wrong…. 🙂

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

This nice rock we’d spied earlier just on the waters edge made for an excellent platform for our model, and to keep her relatively clean and dry – we tried a number of takes with burning steel wool spinning in the background and a kiss of flash from the side to light our model but this is my favourite (and as it happens the first take – that seems to happen to me a lot – we mess with things trying to make it better but end up making it worse :))

Glowing Bride to Be

Glowing Bride to Be

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 20 mm, 28 sec at f/8, ISO 200

This one a little closer and a more central composition with just one whirling dirvish directly behind and the addition of some EL wire groundwork



NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 24 mm, 137.00 sec at f/8, ISO 200

and finally something a lot more simple – I lit our bride just using a blue LED torch – quickly on the face focusing the light spread and then a further controlled splash over the body and dress and then some “angel wings” were added at the back using a blue cold cathode tube

Blue Angel

Blue Angel

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 24 mm, 38 sec at f/8, ISO 200

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